I have found this community helpful in the past and was hoping I could get some feedback for a recurring problem I am having regarding bladder problems
I am terrified of bladder infections/uti's. I got two UTI's about 3 years ago when I first started having sex with my husband. I then went almost 2 years with no infection, until this past summer. I had two infections within a month of each other, despite always urinating after sex. These infections were caused by less common bacteria and had low counts, which the Dr. thought was "interesting".
I have since become obsessive about trying to prevent UTI's, but things may just be getting worse. I now take at least one dose of D-Mannosse everyday, and an additional dose after I have sex. My husband and I both always wash ourselves before and after sex, and I always urinate afterwards, usually many times. I also drink a ton of water everyday.
Things were okay for a few months until a couple of weeks ago. I was on the first day of my period and I was feeling some general discomfort in my urethra. I started drinking a ton of water, and by the evening I was feeling worse- frequently going and more discomfort. I took a prescription version of AZO and felt better almost instantly. I went to the Dr. the next day and they prescribed me a 3-day course of Cipro which I took. The Dr. sent my urine out for a culture, which came back negative for any bacteria, and they told me I likely just had "irritation." So apparently I didn't actually have an infection, just "irritation".
Yesterday I started having symptoms again. They came on after I had about 6 glasses of water and a cup of coffee in a 2 hour period (which is probably excessive). No burning when I go or after, but just the frequency and general discomfort which seems to be specifically in my urethra. It got better for a couple of hours in the evening, but then they came back. I took one prescription AZO around 8 p.m. last night but this time it did not work like last time. My frequency had gone away since I was trying to limit water, but the general discomfort came back, and got worse after I tried to go to sleep. I finally got up to urinate and felt better afterwards. When I woke up this morning I felt fine, and it feels normal when I urinate. I still have the AZO in my system. I really don't want to go to the Dr. yet because I'm afraid I will go and pay for the Dr and the lab work, take more antibiotics only to be told it was just "irritation" again.
I'm sorry for the novel, but I wanted to give a more complete background.
Does anyone else find that they have UTI symptoms that go away? Could the frequency and discomfort be due to the fact that I'm overdoing it with the fluids on days I drink too much? Also, does anyone have any tips for prevention... I feel like I do everything but I don't know why I keep getting this feeling. It's very frustrating. The Dr. told me last time that if I keep having problems I might have to go on a regular antibiotic either after sex or daily and as much as I hate UTI's, I don't want to do that.
Thank you for letting me have a place to discuss this...
ETA: I caved and went to the Dr. because I'm paranoid that I could develop a kidney infection. They have referred me to a urologist :( Looking back over my records of the two infections I had over the summer showed that the bacteria that grew was minuscule and common vaginal bacterias. The Dr. thinks that my symptoms weren't even caused by the bacteria. She thinks that there is likely something else that's causing all of the irritation and symptoms, but gave me a prescription for an antibiotic just in case things get worse...